Sunday, January 02, 2011

Word Warriors Vanquish 'Viral' Eradicate 'Epic'

Word Warriors Vanquish 'Viral' Eradicate 'Epic' - It's official: Viral went viral, and now it's been virtually vaporized.

Michigan's Lake Superior State University features the term linked to popular online video clips in its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. The 2011 list was released Friday.

Nominators from across North America did more than vanquish "viral." They also repudiated Sarah Palin's "refudiate," flunked "fail" and weren't at all wowed by "wow factor." In all, 14 words or phrases made the cut to be, well, cut from conversation.

Word Warriors Vanquish 'Viral' Eradicate 'Epic'

The call to banish viral was vociferous, garnering more nominations than any other.

"This linguistic disease of a term must be quarantined," Kuahmel Allah of Los Angeles wrote in his submission. "If one more thing goes viral, I'm buying a Hazmat suit and moving into a clean-room."

Seconded Lawrence Mickel of Coventry, Conn.: "Any mindless stunt or vapid bit of writing is sent by its creators whirling around the Internet and, once whirled, its creators declare it (trumpets here) 'viral!' Enough already!"

Lake Superior State spokesman Tom Pink said viral's death spiral mirrors the trajectory of the typical YouTube clip that becomes a momentary sensation and thus goes viral.

"It starts out small, then grows and people get sick of it because they start hearing it everywhere," Pink said.

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Word Warriors Vanquish 'Viral' Eradicate 'Epic'

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